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Grey's Anatomy: Unaccompanied Minor

News of Meredith's dishonesty in the clinical trial comes to light, leading to unanticipated consequences for both her and others. Cristina finds herself in a compromising situation, which forces her to decide between her career and her relationship. Meanwhile, Owen posts his decision for chief resident and Teddy makes a surprising choice regarding her love life -- and her future.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x22
Airdate: Thursday May 19th, 2011

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Debora Cahn

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) May 23, 2011
UK (sky LIVING) Jun 01, 2011


Guest Stars
Daniel SunjataDaniel Sunjata
As Nurse Eli (Dr. Bailey's Love Interest)
James TupperJames Tupper
As Dr. Andrew Perkins (Trauma Counsellor)
Rachael TaylorRachael Taylor
As Dr. Lucy Fields (OB/GYN Attending)
Scott FoleyScott Foley
As Henry Burton (Patient: Married Teddy For Insurance)
Beverly ToddBeverly Todd
As Gilda Ruiz (Mother of Plane Crash Victim)
Dale RaoulDale Raoul
As NICU Nurse
Katie LowesKatie Lowes
As Blood Donor
Sprague GraydenSprague Grayden
As Mrs. Gordon (Mother of Plane Crash Victim Sarah Gordon)

Co-Guest Stars
Janora McDuffieJanora McDuffie
As Social Worker Janet (Derek and Meredith Social Worker For Zola)
Arianna OrtizArianna Ortiz
As Jessica Schoman (Mother of Plane Crash Victim)
Elayn TaylorElayn Taylor
As Loretta (Mother of Plane Crash Victim)
Fred KronenbergFred Kronenberg
As Roland Hobart (Patient: Alzheimer's Clinical Trial)
Greg BondGreg Bond
As Broken Leg Guy
Jacqueline LarsenJacqueline Larsen
As Sarah Gordon (Patient: Sole Survivor of Plane Crash)
Jet JurgensmeyerJet Jurgensmeyer
As Jack Hobart (Son of Patient Audrey Hobart)
Jodi HarrisJodi Harris
As Audrey Hobart (Wife of Patient Roland Hobart)
Kiran DeolKiran Deol
As Young Woman
Lou Beatty, Jr.Lou Beatty, Jr.
As Miguel Ruiz (Father of Plane Crash Victim)
Marcus ChoiMarcus Choi
As Young Man
Natalie DyeNatalie Dye
As Vicky Hobart (Daughter of Patient Audrey Hobart)
Peter GregoryPeter Gregory
As Jonathon (Father of Plane Crash Victim)
Main Cast
Ellen PompeoEllen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Justin ChambersJustin Chambers
As Dr. Alex Karev
Patrick DempseyPatrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
Chandra WilsonChandra Wilson
As Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr.James Pickens, Jr.
As Dr. Richard Webber
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt
Jessica CapshawJessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins
Sarah DrewSarah Drew
As Dr. April Kepner
Kim RaverKim Raver
As Dr. Teddy Altman
Chyler LeighChyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang


The episode begins and Derek is shown mapping out the baby's room in the frame of their house. The social worker is coming by to see where they live. She's shocked at the construction site. Meanwhile, Meredith is bummed out because they've got an Alzheimer's trial patient who has kids. She goes in to talk to the patient and Hunt wants to talk to Derek. Derek wants to get Meredith and Hunt says he thinks it's best if he doesn't. Meanwhile, Henry is annoyed that Teddy is leaving, and he tells her. She says she's sorry. Meanwhile, Derek pulls Meredith aside and asks what she did. She says she can't tell him. He takes her to see the chief and tells him Meredith switched around placebos. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.89 Million Viewers

Trivia: Sofia Robbin Sloan Torres doesn't appear in this episode, but she does appear in a deleted scene on the DVD.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
CivaliasAnything but YouTeddy Surprises Henry, Lexie and Mark Talk
ElbowLippy KidsDerek and Meredith Fight, Young Patient Brought In
Katie HerzigWay to the FutureOpening Scenes, Scenic Washington, House Site
Morgan Taylor ReidBrighterCristina Lying Down, Doctors Wait for Passengers
The Quiet KindIn Front of YouOwen Tells Cristina to Leave, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): I always said I'd be happier alone. I have my work, my friends, but someone in your life all the time? More trouble than it's worth. Apparently, I got over it.

Derek: Okay, crib goes here. Changing table goes here.
Meredith: But you can't plan a baby room before you have a baby. I mean, that-- you're gonna jinx the adoption.
Derek: No, the social worker wants to see where we live. This is like a death trap. I'm trying to create a reasonable distraction.
Janet: Hello?
Derek: Janet, welcome. How are you? Thanks for coming out. Oh, be careful. Watch those nails.
Meredith: Perfect for a baby, right?

Derek: Meredith, tell me exactly what you did.
Meredith: I can't tell you.
Derek: We can still fix this. But I need to know what you did.
Meredith: If I tell you, it'll make it worse.
Derek: It's worse already. Meredith.
Meredith: Listen, I-I... I love you. And I'm sorry but I can't tell you anything.

Mark: Why'd you give that guy in the middle of a mass trauma?
Owen: Avery?
Mark: The kid quit Webber's study. What kind of idiot decides that working with the Chief of Surgery is too taxing on his schedule?
Owen: He didn't quit because he thinks it's too much hard work. He quit because he thinks the Chief has a shot at a Harper Avery, and he was worried that if his name was on it, it would kill Webber's chances.

Mark: You post chief resident yet?
Owen: Uh, no.
Callie: The suspense ain't killin' me. It's gonna be Grey.
Arizona: Well, I thought Karev made a great play for it. I mean, a plane full of orphans-- That's pretty impressive.
Callie: Ah, he's already decided. You don't have to lobby for your boy.

Alex: Dr. Hunt, you gave chief resident to Kepner? It was supposed to be me or Grey. You think anyone's gonna listen to Kepner? It's gonna be complete chaos.
Owen: You think anyone's gonna listen to you? You just sold out the one universally liked individual in this hospital. Everyone is gonna hate you. A chief resident is supposed to manage their peers, be a resource and a support. After what you did, do you think anyone is gonna come to you for anything? I was planning on giving it to you, and now?

Teddy: Hey. I brought you pudding.
Henry: That's why you're here? I got a good nurse. She'll hook me up with pudding.
Teddy: I know. I just spent the last two hours telling people that their family members were dead and I needed to-- Well, I just wanted to say hi... or bye again.
Henry: I really tried to be a gentleman about all this, but now you need to get the hell out.
Teddy: What are you doing?
Henry: Letting you go was the worst thing I've ever done. It's the most painful thing I've ever done, and I'm a guy who's had 82 surgeries. My threshold for pain is pretty high. You need to get out. I'm not your best bud. I'm not your security blanket. I'm a man who's in love you, who waltzed you into the arms of a damn knight on a horse. So, go to Germany and have little spaetzle-eating children. And please, for God's sake, leave me alone

Meredith (to Zola): Okay, so, this is the house. There's another house where you're gonna have your own room. But that, right now, is just wood and no walls, so we're gonna stay here for awhile. Derek? Okay. He might be AWOL he's had a bad day. He's a little... pissed off right now. Okay, we're gonna be fine. (walking upstairs) So we had a big plan if this ever worked out. We were gonna have a lullaby from Malawi to make everything feel homey to you. To be honest, right now, I can't even think of an American lullaby. (opens attic door, calls out) Lexie? You know, a lot of people live here and it gets kinda crazy sometimes and it's usually not this quiet. Alex? (opens the door to Alex's room and sees that everything is gone) Okay, we're gonna be okay. You and I, we're a team, right? We're tough. We have that in common. I am very glad you're here. I didn't think your first day would be quite like this, but I'm gonna get it together, and we're gonna figure it out.

Meredith (closing voiceover): There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone. Because what if you learn that you need love and then you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if if you shape your life around it, and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This, it could go on forever.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Unaccompanied Minor

Unaccompanied Minor is the title of a song originally sung by Their Only Dreams.

Episode References
Season 7, Episode 21: Meredith is getting in trouble because Alex told Hunt in 7x21 "I Will Survive" that Meredith tampered with the drugs in the Alzheimer's clinical trial.

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